Below I share with you my current home office video setup that I use for live streaming and video recording.
Firstly I have a Windows 10 desktop PC that I built in 2015 (and it’s still going strong).
It’s an i7 with 32gb of ram and an Nvidia graphics card. I store the PC in the room next door to my office and feed the cables through the wall.
Despite using a MacBook pro as my day to day development machine. I use Windows as my streaming and recording machine since there is much better software available, particularly for streaming.
I store it in a separate room since it generates a great deal of fan noise. The wall is insulated, and so I don’t hear any operational sound, and my microphone doesn’t pick it up at all.
For my microphone, I have a RØDE PodMic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone. RØDE sells many USB versions of this microphone. However, I prefer to plug mine into a physical mixer on my desk.
When I bought my mixer, there were not a lot of options available, so I opted for a Behringer X1622USB Xenyx 16 Input 2/2 Bus Mixer. It’s silent and has sliders and shows up on the windows PC as a USB mixer.
I connect my mic to my mixer with a XLR female to male cable. I connect my Guitar to input 2, I then have an old iPod that I connect to input 5/6, and I sometimes use this to play music in the background while I live stream.
To connect my Guitar, I use a Fender Professional Series Instrument Cable.
To connect my iPod I use a 3.5mm to 6.3mm Mono Cable from POSUGEAR. This takes the stereo output from the iPod and splits the left and right channels which allows me to plug it into the 5/6 input on my USB Mixer.
I feed audio from my mac and PC into Line In 5/6 and Line In 7/8. I mute the audio on the PC channel and assign it to the ALt 3/4 output rather than the Main mix. This means that I can hear my PC audio when streaming but it dosen’t playout to the Streaming software via the main mix.
Initially I was getting an annoying hum with my PC and Mac audio, however, I fixed it using some groud loop isolaters.
I mount my microphone using a Neewer Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand.
It attaches to a floating shelf that I bought from IKEA.
I found I was getting quite echoey audio in my room, so I bought 24x AFW305 Pro Acoustic Foam Wedge Tiles. I attached two to the ceiling directly above the microphone and then some in front and to the side of the microphone using some spray adhesive. They solved the issue and now I’m really happy with the way the audio sounds.
I don’t have much room for a 3 point lighting system in my office. So I opted for a ring light by Newwer.
I have modified this slightly and attached it to a mount using the tripod clamp below; I also bought a second clamp to affix the camera. What is nice about this set up is that I can adjust the camera position depending on if I want to film seated or standing. I purchased some other clamps originally, but they were made of plastic and didn’t last longer than a few week, the joint gave way under the pressure. These metal ones are far more sturdy and have been fixed in place for around 3 months without failing.
I attach these clamps to a pole. Ideally, I was looking for a photography mount. However, I couldn’t find what I wanted, and so I bought a wardrobe pole and two end brackets and affixed them to my wall.
Initially, I found that the Ring light would droop due to its weight. So I went out and bought a center ring. I attached this to the top of the ring light at the top/back and then hooked this over the wardrobe pole. The ring light now stays perfectly upright.
The camera I use is a Sony A6000.
It works ok, but I wouldn’t recommend it, and I am looking for an alternative. The reason that I don’t recommend is that to stream in the best quality, the camera needs to be in movie mode and needs to be recording. If it isn’t, the HDMI out gives a grainer low-quality output.
I have a converter that plugs into the battery pack of the Sony that means the camera never runs out of battery.
I plug a Micro HDMI > HDMI cable from my camera into a USB 3 video capture device.
I use a Magewell capture device to convert the HDMI input into a USB webcam. The camera then shows up as a Webcam on my PC. This is an expensive capture device, I only have it since my company had already bought some. Elgato capture devices seem to do a similar job but are far less expensive.
I have a second Magewell device that I use to capture a feed from my MacBook. I have a single USB-C cable that plugs into my MacBook and attaches to an HP Dock. One of the HDMI outputs goes into the Magewell capture device.
Finally, to stitch all of my different devices together, I use a piece of software called XSplit. XSplit can record to disk or stream to places like Twitch or YouTube. It can even work as a webcam output that I can use in Chime, Skype, or whereby.com.
I pay a monthly subscription for it. I have set up three scenes.
- My Main Camera,
- my MacBook Screen and
- a Picture-in-picture of my camera and my MacBook screen.
To switch scenes, I use a Stream Deck that gives me a physical button to control the active scene and perform transitions.
I buy all of my stock photos, videos, and video transition packages from VideoHive.
I buy my royalty-free music from Audio Jungle.
If you have any questions please reach out on Twitter. I’d be happy to answer any questions.